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From: "Thomas W Bennion" <>
Subject: [SCT-ISLEOFMULL] Maclean's of Pennycross
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 12:58:21 -0500


Not knowing how many on the list received the weekly newsleter from ElectricScotland, thought I would share the following article that was part of this weeks newsletter:


From: The Celtic Monthly: A Magazine for Highlanders, edited by John MacKay, Glasgow, No. 3, Vol. XI, December, 1902: {Pictures available} The Macleans of Pennycross are descended from the Lords of Duart, chiefs of the clan, through John Dubh, second son of the first Hector Mor of that ilk. They have always occupied a prominent position in Clan Gillean, many of the members of the family taking naturally to the profession of arms, in which several attained great distinction.

The present head of the house of Pennycross, Captain Chas. Alex. Hugh Maclean, of the 39rd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, worthily maintains the martial traditions of his race. He received his education in Edinburgy and various parts of the Continent. In 1893 he joined the 48th Highlanders of Toronto, Canada, serving also in Quebec and Montreal. Two years later he was transferred to the British Army, proceeding to India to join the 93rd Highlanders. Here he saw service in the Tirah Campaign and received the medal and clasp. Last year he was appointed adjutant of the Stirlingshire Volunteers.

In June, 1897, he married Miss Maclaine of Lochbuie, a lady well known in the Highlands, and who, not only on account of her ancient lineage, but because of her kindly disposition and amiable personal qualities, was ever a welcome visitor to many a humble dwelling in her native Island of Mull. By this marriage the two sides of the house were united. His son, Alasdair Gillean Lorne, was born 30th April 1901.

On 31st October, in the absence of his chief, Col. Sir Fitzroy D. Maclean of Duart, Bart., C. B., Captain Maclean occupied the chair at the Annual Social Gathering of the clan, and delivered a stirring address, in which he advocated the cultivation of a closer bond between the clansmen at home and those in distant lands, by the formation abroad of branches of the parent association.

A short sketch of the history of the family may doubltess interest many readers. The facts are given at considerable length in Prof. J. P. Maclean's "History of the Clan Maclean" and the Rev. A. Maclean Sinclair's "Clan Gillean", to which authorities those interested in the subject can refer for fuller details. As already mentioned the Macleans of Pennycross trace their descent from the chief's family through the house of Morvern. From Hector Mor we trace seven generations, and reach Dr. Alex. Maclean, who married in 1760 Una, daughter of Alex. MacGillivray of Pennyghael, and was succeeded by his son Archibald, second of Pennycross. He was a Deputy-Lieutenant of the county, and Major of the Argyllshire Fencibles. He married Alicia Maclean of Torren, and had nine sons and three daughters. Most of the sons distinguished themselves in the army, one of whom carried the colours of the 79th Highlanders at Waterloo. Archibald died Feby., 17th, 1830, and was succeeded by III. Alexander, who was born May 3rd, 1791; married Charlotte Brodie Maclean of Elrick; died March 8th, 1876. IV. Archibald John, born 6th March, 1843, was educated at Edinburgh and followed mercantile pursuits; was a D. L. and J. P. for Argyll. In 1868 he married Isabella Alexandrina Simon, a lady of great beauty and sound judgement, whose memory is still revered by a large circle of friends in the Western Highlands. Pennycross was one of the handsomest men in Scotland, and a typical specimen of the Highland laird, speaking the Gaelic language fluently, and generous to a degree. He was proud of his clan and everything that pertained to it, and took a keen interest in the work of the clan association. On his decease the chiefship devolved upon the present popular head of the family, V. Captain Charles A. H. Maclean, of Pennycross, to whom we have already referred.

When so many of the heads of the old families take a deep personal interest in the welfare of the Clan Maclean Association, we need not wonder that it has achieved such a large measure of success.



Hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Linda Bennion



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